PhD position on Dynamic On-Body and In-Body Compression Systems
Do you want to make a substantial and lasting contribution to the orthopedic and biomedical device research community? Then we have something for you!
The Department of Biomechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) at the human-tech oriented University of Twente is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to join us for a full-time, fully funded, 4-year project to develop technologies for dynamic and adaptable actuation in biomedical devices. You will be supervised by the energetic and ambitious Biomedical Device Design & Production team.
Medical devices designed for rehabilitation, prevention, or therapy span a wide spectrum, while mostly offer a simple way to aid individuals. A key role among these devices, is the application of compression. Whether it's for increasing joint’s stability, limiting range of movement, or aiding in weakened functionality of an internal organ; the controlled pressure that these devices provide is the core to their therapeutic effectiveness. The mentioned devices show variations in the implementation site and therefore in working conditions; but an underlying technical problem may remain similar. For example, the technical problem can be explained by inefficiency in transferring or directing an actuator’s force to the target area. Another issue is that most devices apply a constant compression and are not able to adjust to the changing mechanical environment required by the patient.
The PhD’s objective is to develop technologies for dynamic and adaptable actuation in compression devices. Initially, we will consider ‘on-body’ applications, which can be realized with a controlled (yet adaptable) compression level and change the loading condition to patients in occupational domain or patients with chronic pain. Common joints that are biomechanically supported by the devices include the ankle, knee, hip, spine, shoulder, elbow, and wrist. Therefore, the system must be designed in such a way that it is modular, scalable, compact and can be easily applied to different parts of the body. Furthermore, the actuation principle may reach ‘in-body’ devices tailored to restore functionality of internal organs like assisting drainage of the urinary bladder by the device that is surrounding the bladder. This technology development opens a new vision in the actuation design moving beyond traditional methods reaching an efficient modular actuation.
Information and application
You are welcome to contact Dr. Izad Tamadon (email@example.com) or Dr.-Ing. Malte Asseln (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions you might have.
Please submit your application before February 29th 2024 by using the “Apply now” button and include the following documents:
- A motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this PhD position in our group.
- A full Curriculum Vitae including your education, publications, awards, and working experience. Your CV should demonstrate the scope of your work and education and indicate a good fit with the stated requirements for the position.
- An academic transcript of BSc and MSc education, including grades.
- A short description of your most recent accomplishment (master’s thesis, final project report, etc.).
- References (contact information) of two scientific staff members (such as the supervisor of your master thesis/final project) who are willing to provide a recommendation letter at our request.
Interviews will take place in two phases. If selected, there will be a first online interview. A subset of the candidates will be invited for a second in-person interview as well.
The first round of interviews will take place before 20 March 2024.
About the organisation
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.